Today, I woke up to a beautiful sunrise. I turned on the altar lights, opened the doors and windows to let in the morning air, even though it was not too cool (already almost 80F at 6:30 a.m), and turned on the sprinklers in the back garden to water it while I drank a cup of coffee. Then, I drove myself to the office.
Later in the morning, I called my doctor, again, to ask about my referral. The nurse transferred me to the referral desk and the clerk there said he had just processed my referral. It was authorized, h has just faxed the information to the specialist, and he gave me the name, address, and phone number to call. I called the specialist's office and made the appointment for next week. I took the first date and time they had available. But, daughter wants to attend the initial consultation with me, so, I might need to switch it for the next day, if possible. I shall call tomorrow to see if that can be done. If not, daughter will try to make it on the scheduled day. She has spoken with her professors and explained the situation to them and they are bending over backwards to try to accommodate her need to be with me. We are so grateful for how understanding they are.
Today, I received some information and literature from my colleague who has been through a similar experience. I have spent most of the evening reading articles about what to expect, other people's experiences, and post-operative care. So now, I am wondering how will I manage after I come home from the hospital. Daughter will be with me during the surgery, but she'll have to go back to her classes. Even with helpful professors, there's only so many lectures she can miss. Even if she comes home for the weekends, I'll still be on my own during the week. Who will help me change the dressings, empty the drainage tubes, clean the cat's litter box, etc.?
Family and friends will drive me to appointments (I won't be allowed to drive for 10-14 days after surgery), bring me meals, clean my house, wash my dishes, etc. But, can I also ask them to clean the litter box, too? Will they be willing to change my dressing and clean my wound? Will I be able to do it by myself? The wound will be on my right side and I am right handed.
So, today, I am full of doubts and some worries. Today, I will ask for more help from a Higher Power for help with the details of aftercare. Tomorrow, I might arrive at some solutions.
Today, is what I have and today, I am grateful for:
- a very slightly cooler day
- having my referral authorized
- having an appointment to consult with the specialist
- knowing daughter will be there to ask the questions I tend not to ask
- knowing that things will work out, some how.
How was your day, today?